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Jul 13, 2020

Evolving & ever-changing ETFs – an AP’s perspective: the in-flows and out-flows of ETFs with Dave Nadig

Despite COVID-19 and unrest around the globe, this year has finally seen semi-transparent active ETF launches from American Century’s ActiveShares to Fidelity’s Active ETFs. Although there is uncertainty of what each day, week or month will look like in the new normal, one thing is for sure, the interest for gaining more knowledge about semi-transparent active ETFs is growing. Following the SS&C ALPS webinar on the subject, we sat down with ETF Trends’, Director of Research, Dave Nadig, to get an authorized participants’ (AP) perspective around the flows for these new models.

Jul 7, 2020

Evolving & ever-changing ETFs—considerations from an asset manager’s point of view

Asset managers are fortunate to have a number of fund structures to choose from to launch their various strategies, either within active or passive constructs. As ETFs have gained in popularity with investors for their low cost, tax-efficient, transparent and tradeable structures, asset managers have increasingly concentrated on the ETF wrapper for their new product launches. While the basic blocking and tackling of ETF management is very similar to other fund structures, managing a product that simultaneously trades on a listed exchange presents many new challenges for asset managers that may require additional expertise.

Apr 9, 2020

Shielded Alpha℠: One-on-One with Blue Tractor Group

Simon Goulet and Terence Norman, co-founders of Blue Tractor Group, recently discussed with SS&C ALPS the challenges and opportunities of the Shielded Alpha℠ ETF wrapper. Blue Tractor’s Shield Alpha℠ was one of four semi-transparent models approved by the SEC late in 2019.

Mar 3, 2020

ActiveShares®: Fireside Q&A with Precidian Investments

As one of the first firms to the receive SEC approval, Precidian Investments ActiveShares® is on track to be the first to market with licensee American Century Investments (ACI).  Recently, we engaged two of the founding principals, Stuart Thomas and Mark Criscitello, to discuss the challenges and opportunities around their new ETF wrappers.

Feb 24, 2020

The ETF “ANTs” go marching one by one: active non- and semi-transparent models

“If you’re a mutual fund warehouse, you’re trying to figure out how to grow your business without giving away your secret sauce.” ~Nichole M. Kramer*, Wall Street Journal, February 8, 2019

Jan 9, 2020

2020 predictions for asset management

Recently, SS&C’s Research, Analytics and Consulting wrote a piece for Ignites, where we outlined our 2020 predictions for the asset and wealth management industries.  The following is a more in-depth review of our 2020 predictions.

May 3, 2019

Active non-transparent ETFs and mutual funds – A transformational change?

In a March 2019 blog titled ETFs – Looking into the future, I referenced an earlier blog post from February 2018, ETFs: An industry in flux.  I wrote in this earlier blog that, subject to regulatory approval, I hoped to see a great deal of product innovation in 2018—namely actively-managed, non-transparent ETFs.  Well, it seems that at last, and better late than never, the SEC has finally given conditional approval to one strategy: Precidian’s ActiveShares.

Jul 26, 2018

SS&C SVC adds ETFs to its Managed Data Services

The ability to aggregate data from multiple vendors is crucial for managing assets on a global platform and a necessity in an age where manual price validation creates additional cost and risk.

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